At Dal, we are committed to supporting and educating students about the personal, academic, and legal consequences of high-risk drinking and other important topics. We offer hundreds of opportunities to get involved that do not involve alcohol. We also hold students accountable for violations of university policies, including the Student Code of Conduct, alcohol and sexual harassment policies.
Family, friends and supporters can play an important role in influencing their student’s choices, and conversations about important topics such as alcohol use, sex, consent, mental health, diversity, and inclusion that can have a lasting impact on behaviour. We encourage you to talk openly and honestly about these topics before your student arrives on campus.
A few tips...
- Talk to your student about drinking responsibly to reduce risk of harm, and remind them that not all university students choose to drink alcohol.
- If your student chooses to drink, vague messages about "being a responsible drinker" lack clear direction. Instead, talk about practical strategies like: eat a meal before drinking, alternate non-alcoholic drinks with water throughout the evening, and plan how to get home safely before going out. In Halifax, Dal Security offers a free shuttle service called Tiger Patrol and in Truro, Security Officers provide a safewalk service on campus. Encourage them to download the DalSAFE app so they have easy access to contact numbers for these and many other helpful services.
- Conversations about healthy and unhealthy relationships are a great way to start a conversation about consent and sexual assault. Healthy relationships are ones that are open, honest, and where each person respects the other's choices and boundaries.
- Ask your student if they feel prepared to find help for themselves or their friends. Help them locate resources like the Sexual Assault Response Protocol for campus.
- Dal is a diverse and exciting community. Encourage your student to meet new people from different backgrounds and cultures, and to respectfully learn more about new perspectives and experiences and to share their own.